American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large, grassy, almost treeless plain, especially one in Latin America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In some of the Spanish or originally Spanish parts of America, a treeless level steppe or plain. The llanos in the northern part of South America surround the lower and middle course of the Orinoco, and are separated by the great forest-belt of the Amazon from the region of the pampas further south. Many parts of these llanos bear little or no vegetation, except on the banks of rivers and during the seasons of inundation, when they are transformed into seas. In the intermediate season they are luxuriant pastures for great herds of cattle. The Llano Estacado or Staked Plain of the United States is a vast arid plateau in the former Spanish possessions of Texas and New Mexico.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Spanish America An extensive plain with or without vegetation.
- n. an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)
- From Spanish llano. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, plain, from Latin plānum, from neuter of plānus, level; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term llano estacado is usually translated as “staked plain.””
“The llano was a place of extreme desolation, a vast, trackless, and featureless ocean of grass where white men became lost and disoriented and died of thirst; a place where the imperial Spanish had once marched confidently forth to hunt Comanches, only to find that they themselves were the hunted, the ones to be slaughtered.”
“They've cut the 'phone down to the' llano 'as a start.”
“What do you expect from a city whose founder couldn't be bothered to find a Spanish dictionary or speaker and learn that the Spanish word for plain is "llano"?”
“I drive through the llano in silence while one commits suicide on the banks of the Pecos River as the Border Patrol closes in.”
“The latter appeared as a collection in a work titled "El llano en llamas" ( "The Burning Plain").”
“To Juan Rulfo and Pedro Paramo, and his short stories El llano en llamas, and the simple and tragic photographs he took of rural Mexico.”
“A native of the llano estacado whose first novel, Waltz across Texas 1975, was set on a ranch near Lubbock, Crawford narrates the Comanche wars of the 1870s from the perspective of a U.S.”
“Danjoy, editors, Amazonia Peruana: vegetación húmeda tropical en el llano subandino.”
“Danjoy (editors), Amazonia Peruana: vegetacióon húmeda tropical en el llano subandino.”
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